We are about to graduate. Exciting times.
We are a small community, and I believe we would benefit from more users. Both in the variety and the amount of people. We seem to have gotten a lot of new users recently, but more of the ask-question-and-dissapear-kind.
How can we recruit new blood?
We all want people who have a few braincells, and that can contribute by answering a question now and then. Where would we find them, and how to persuade them?
There are of course traditional forums out there, for all sorts of related things. Since GD SE is not a forum per se, we do not compete with them, and could therefore mention our existence now and then. Other ideas?
How can we give new people room to get comfortable?
Personally, I think it is wise to give questions a little time (particularly the "easy" ones), to see if that could "pull" new contributors in. New users (I include myself, I have only been here a few months) needs to get the opportunity to achieve some reputation to motivate them. Some users will try to up their reputation by asking at times inane questions; I think this should be avoided if possible. It is certainly not beneficial to GD.
How can we expand the subjects we primarily deal with?
Sometimes, it is "photoshop hell" out there. Users seems to spend a good deal of time answering basic how-tos. It would be interesting to see the stats for how many questions are marked as duplicates... (maybe we should have a discussion on what constitutes "graphic design"...)
Other SE sites?
Can we announce our existence, by suggesting to move relevant questions here? Can we try to pull in users from Area51 proposals? And in that vein, I would like to pull up this question again; Should we rename. If it is too late, ref. graduation, it is worth a thought anyway, as to what we want GD to cover.